Try something new for National Pasta Month. It could be as simple as a shape of pasta you haven’t tried before, from wagon wheels (ruote) to strozzapreti (photo #4—the name means “priest stranglers—here’s why†). Perhaps it’s baked pasta, like manicotti, pastitsio or ziti. How about this fun approach to baked pasta: Spaghetti Pie, a recipe […]

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[1] Persimmons look like they might be related to tomatoes, but there is no relation. The two fruits branch off at the Order level (remember high school biology: Kingdom, Order, Family, Genus, Species). [2] A persimmon-yogurt parfait. Pistachio nuts are a great pairing with persimmons. Here’s the recipe from Low Carb Maven (photo © Low […]

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[1] Yes, please: a hearty dish of creamy mushroom fettuccine (photos #1 and #2 © Delallo). [2] Egg fettuccine has not just a golden color, but a deeper flavor than conventional fettuccine. You can get these online from Delallo. [3] Cremini mushrooms (also spelled crimini), are a mature version of button mushrooms. Read more about […]

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September is National Honey Month. But bees do much more than make honey. Bees are essential to grow hundreds of basic crops helping with food production and sustainability. Yes, these little pollinators travel from plant to plant collecting nectar to make honey. In the process, the plant’s pollen adheres to their bodies, and in a […]

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[1] Open-face Caprese sandwich for breakfast or brunch (photos #1 and #4 © Stella Cheese). [2] Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil are the components of “everything” Caprese. Check out the recipes (photo © S Vario Photo | Panther Media). [3] The same concept turns into crostini for snacks or cocktails. Here’s the recipe (photo © DeLallo). […]

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[1] Blueberry focaccia. The recipe is below (photo © King Arthur Flour). [2] Focaccia with kalamata olives. Here’s the recipe (photo © DeLallo). [3] Earlier recipes had simple toppings: herbs like rosemary or sage, salt and olive oil. Here’s the recipe from (photo © King Arthur Flour). [4] Focaccia can be baked in a round […]

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